Publishers Letter

Fat or (Phat) America

Written by Kendra Akers

My son Matthew recently returned home after a yearlong tour in Australia. It was interesting to talk to him about the differences between our country and theirs. As we were talking while driving in the car, we noticed an overweight woman walking down the street. Matthew says out loud, “Welcome back to fat America.” Of course, that piqued my interest, so I asked him what he meant by that.

Matthew proceeded to explain to me that America is considered by other countries to be a “fat” country. I was astonished. Sure, I know that obesity has become an issue over the years, but I did not realize that it was isolated to America.

That made me start to wonder how Lake County stacks up among other areas, so I did a little research—which also led to us producing this month’s issue. It turns out that the number of obese Americans began rising steadily in the 1980s and ’90s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than one-third of all adults in the U.S. are overweight. That is a pretty scary statistic.

This month in Healthy Living, you will learn how to measure obesity, the health risks, and how to lose weight and maintain a healthy BMI, or body mass index. Also, you will see how this “fat” trend has contributed to the ever-increasing costs of medical care. The numbers are astonishing, and again, very scary.

It’s time for us to start paying attention to what we consume and when we consume it, and to find ways to get back to living healthy. With all the other scary diseases threatening us, we don’t need to add to the list, and we certainly don’t need to inflict these diseases on ourselves.

We need to be viewed by our neighbors as “phat” America (which means awesome) and not as “fat” America.

Until next month,



Kendra Akers

About the author

Kendra Akers

Kendra Akers is a lifelong resident of Lake County. She and husband, Doug, have five children, Michael, 23, Matthew, 21, Aubrey, 17, Shaena, 17 and Brooke, 15. She has been in the publishing industry since 1999, beginning her career as a marketing representative for a local newspaper. Since then, Kendra has worked at various publications and was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a magazine publisher with her launch of Healthy Living Magazine in 2008. She then launched her second publication, VLIFE, in 2009 and purchased Lake and Sumter STYLE Magazine in 2010. She is proud to report her publications, published by Akers Media Group, have been recognized in numerous categories for “Publishing Excellence.” The most recent accomplishment was when Healthy Living Magazine was voted “Best Overall Magazine” by the Florida Magazine Association for the fourth year in a row! In her spare time, she enjoys most sports and likes to spend her free time offshore fishing near Crystal River, Florida.

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